Three local women were arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in their undergarments through the Port of Nogales.

After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in a Chevrolet SUV, Customs and Border Protection officers searched the vehicle and the driver, Maria Herlinda Moroyoqui-Villegas, 44, a permanent legal resident from Mexico.

Her two passengers, Anna Alicia Villegas, 45, and Yazlhyn Yuzlaivey Villegas, 18, both U.S. citizens, also were questioned and searched.

Between the three women, officers confiscated nearly 13 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $134,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The women were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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